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[image]Drought in Iraq: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
One of the worst droughts in the past decade settled heavily over the Fertile Crescent region of Iraq and Syria in the winter of 2007-2008. Under normal conditions, winter rain and rivers flowing from the mountains of Turkey sustain the rich agricultural land that has fed humanity from the dawn of civilization. But little to no rain fell between October and December during the crucial planting period, and sparse rain fell in the months that followed, said the U.S...
Keywords: What -- Dawn; Where -- Iraq; Where -- Syria; Where -- Turkey; Where -- Iran; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Downloads: 18
[image]Volcanic Plumes and Vog, Hawaii: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
For 25 years, Kilauea volcano on Hawai'i's Big Island has been erupting continuously. /NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19711 Recent explosive activity that started in March 2008 produced increased emissions of sulfur dioxide. These emissions result in a widespread caustic volcanic fog -- known as -- that, depending on local winds, drifts as much as 200 miles up the volcanic chain, burning throats and eyes and inducing asthma attacks as far away as Honolulu, on the island of Oahu...
Keywords: What -- International Space Station (ISS); What -- Crater; What -- Earth; Where -- Honolulu; Where -- Hawaii; Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Downloads: 91
[image]2008 Hurricane Seasons Begin in Eastern Pacific and Atlantic: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/8000/8803/alma_tmo_2008150_lrg.jpg Tropical Storm Alma (29 May; 4.9 MB JPEG) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/8000/8803/arthur_tmo_2008152_lrg.jpg Tropical Storm Arthur (31 May; 3.9 MB JPEG) Both the eastern Pacific and Atlantic hurricane seasons of 2008 were inaugurated within a few days of each other in late May and the first days of June. That these two ''season openers'' occurred in the same week wasn't simply a coincidence: they were r...
Keywords: What -- Terra; What -- Aqua; What -- Earth; Where -- Pacific Ocean; Where -- Nicaragua; Where -- Honduras
Downloads: 25
[image]Green-up in California Burned Areas Poses Fire Risk: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
In late October 2007, a earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14600 firestorm exploded across southern California. Fueled by dry vegetation and powerful Santa Ana winds, California's wildfires scorched nearly 30,000 acres (120 square kilometers) in the autumn of 2007. By March of the following year, the burned areas had re-grown with lush vegetation, but by May 2008, that vegetation had dried, providing potential fuel for another firestorm...
Keywords: What -- Terra; What -- Aqua; Where -- California; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC); Where -- Wisconsin; Where -- Madison
Downloads: 9
[image]Glory Over Pacific Ocean Clouds: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
On May 20, 2008, a deck of clouds over the Pacific Ocean provided an optical display for the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite. The ring-shaped, rainbow-like phenomenon, known as a appears through the length of the center of this image. The most obvious ring is about 60 kilometers wide in its center; the red and orange wavelengths are most visible...
Keywords: What -- Aqua; What -- Sun; What -- Earth; Where -- Pacific Ocean; Where -- California
Downloads: 15
[image]Lava Heats Up Chaiten Caldera : Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
After its initial eruption on May 2, 2008, Chile's Chaiten Volcano earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14815 remained active in the days and weeks that followed, releasing a near-constant plume and blanketing the region in ash. On May 31, 2008, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ (ASTER) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite passed overhead and captured this image...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra
Downloads: 13
[image]Quake Lowers Zipingku Reservoir: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Apart from causing landslides and widespread damage to structures throughout the Sichuan Basin in central China, the 7.9-magnitude earthquake of May 12, 2008, was also notable for the flood hazards it created. Landslides blocked rivers, creating several unstable lakes throughout the mountainous region. The largest of these lakes, earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14877&src=map Tangjiashan Lake, would threaten more than 1.3 million people if it burst...
Keywords: Where -- China; Where -- Taiwan
Downloads: 27
[image]Forest Change, Mainland Papua New Guinea: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
In June 2008, an international team of researchers released a report on the state of Papua New Guinea's forests. The study summarized the findings from a five-year project in which the scientists compared high-resolution satellite imagery from the early 1970s and the early 2000s. The researchers found evidence of rapid deforestation and degradation, driven primarily by logging, subsistence agriculture, fires, and the development of mines and plantations...
Keywords: What -- SPOT 4; What -- Spot 5; What -- Landsat 5; What -- Landsat 7; What -- Sun; What -- Earth; What -- Landsat; Where -- Papua New Guinea; Where -- Guinea
Downloads: 20
[image]NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
This astronaut photograph illustrates the diverse built environment surrounding the www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/index.html NASA Ames Research Center located at the southernmost end of San Francisco Bay. Founded in 1939 as an aircraft research laboratory, Ames became a NASA facility in 1958. Its original aircraft research focus was enhanced by the adjacent Moffett Field -- an active Naval Air Station until 1994, and the original home of the Navy dirigible history.navy.mil/photos/ac-usn22/z-typ...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Ames Research Center (ARC); Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Downloads: 38
[image]Black Sea Phytoplankton Bloom: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Living things that can make their own food -- autotrophs -- are the basis for all food webs. On land the most important autotrophs are plants; in the ocean, the major autotrophs are phytoplankton: microscopic algae, bacteria, and protists that use chlorophyll and other light-harvesting pigments to capture sunlight for photosynthesis. When phytoplankton populations get large enough, their pigments color the surface waters of oceans, seas, and lakes with shades of brown, green, or turquoise...
Keywords: What -- Aqua; Where -- Black Sea; Where -- Turkey
Downloads: 21
[image]Dam Breach Swells Jianjiang River: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
In the wake of the May 12, 2008, earthquake in China, a series of landslides blocked the Jiangjiang River, creating swollen reservoirs that threatened to break through and flood catastrophically. The largest of these lakes, Tangjiashan Lake, threatened roughly 1.3 million people. Chinese authorities faced a dilemma. If they allowed the water to keep rising, it would eventually overtop the dam and flood downstream communities...
Keywords: Where -- China; Where -- New York; Where -- Taiwan
Downloads: 36
[image]Floods in Indiana, Illinois: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14880 Heavy rains in early June 2008 soaked the U.S. Midwest, leaving swollen rivers in their wake. By June 8, 2008, the National Weather Service had issued flood warnings for numerous counties throughout Indiana and Illinois. The lower Wabash, White, and East Fork White watersheds had all been affected by the deluge, according to National Weather Service bulletins, and streamflow gauges on parts of the White and East Fork ...
Keywords: What -- Aqua; What -- Visible Light; Where -- Indiana; Where -- Illinois
Downloads: 7
[image]Phosphate Mines in Jordan: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Plants, animals, and people all need phosphorus to function. In the human body, phosphorus plays a critical role in everything from shaping DNA to strengthening teeth. In agriculture, phosphorus acts as fertilizer to improve crop yield. Because phosphorus can't be artificially produced, it must be mined from phosphorus-rich compounds, or phosphates. Phosphates are among Jordan's most abundant natural resources, and phosphate mining is one of the country's leading industries...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS); What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; Where -- Jordan
Downloads: 43
[image]Floods in Iowa: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Nearly every river and creek shown in the top false-color image of eastern Iowa was flooded on June 13, 2008. Compared to June 1 (lower image), the river systems look as if they have been outlined in black or dark blue, the color of water in this type of image. Captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite, the images combine light normally visible to the human eye with infrared light to increase the contrast...
Keywords: What -- Terra; Where -- Iowa; Where -- Des Moines; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Downloads: 13
[image]Bolivian Andes: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
More than 7,000 kilometers (4,400 miles) long and more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) wide in places, the Andes Mountains encompass a wide range of climates and habitats, from snow-capped mountain peaks to rainforests to high deserts. This picture, acquired by NASA's Landsat 7 satellite, shows a dramatic change in landscape about 250 kilometers southeast of la Paz, the capital of Bolivia. Probably the most striking feature in this natural-color image is the dramatic change between the tan tones...
Keywords: What -- Landsat 7; What -- Landsat; Where -- La Paz; Where -- Peru
Downloads: 28
[image]Isla de la Palma, Canary Islands: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
The Canary Islands, a group of volcanic islands, lie just off the west coast of Morocco in the Atlantic Ocean; at the northwest end of the chain is Isla de la Palma (pictured here). The island started forming as a submarine volcano approximately 3-4 million years ago. Subaerial (above the water surface) volcanic activity and island formation began around 2 million years ago. Most geologists believe the Canary Islands formed over the remnants of an old ''hotspot'' in the mantle, or pubs.usgs.gov/...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Morocco; Where -- Atlantic Ocean; Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Downloads: 37
[image]Fires in Virginia, North Carolina: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Thick smoke from two large fires in North Carolina and Virginia traveled up the East Coast in mid-June 2008, affecting air quality in numerous cities and towns, including the nation's capital. The Evans Road Fire had burned over 41,000 acres of the Pocosin National Wildlife Refuge as of Sunday, June 15, while the South 1 Fire in the Great Dismal Swamp had burned about 1,500 acres. This natural-color image of Virginia and North Carolina was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradio...
Keywords: What -- Aqua; Where -- North Carolina; Where -- Virginia
Downloads: 9
[image]Carbon Monoxide from Central African Fires: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Fire is integral to life in much of Africa. As predictable as the rainy and dry seasons, fire sweeps across the continent in a wave that moves north to south following the seasons. In early June, Africa's fires were concentrated in earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14892 central Africa. Lightning-ignited fire is part of the natural ecology, but for thousands of years it has also been a tool used by mankind to clear land for new growth, return nutrients to th...
Keywords: What -- INTEGRAL; What -- Terra; What -- Earth; Where -- Toronto
Downloads: 18
[image]Forest Change on New Ireland, Papau New Guinea: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Located north of Australia, the island nation of Papua New Guinea consists of the eastern half of mainland New Guinea (the western half of New Guinea Island is part of Indonesia) and numerous smaller islands to the east. Like many other tropical countries, the nation harbors large expanses of diverse tropical forests, from mountain forests to mangroves. In June 2008, scientists form the University of Papua New Guinea published the country's first detailed assessment of the type, extent, and heal...
Keywords: What -- Landsat 5; Where -- United States of America; What -- Landsat 7; What -- Landsat; What -- Earth; Where -- Australia; Where -- Papua New Guinea; Where -- Guinea; Where -- Indonesia; Where -- Ireland
Downloads: 16
[image]Dust Storm over the Middle East: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
A massive dust cloud hovered over the Middle East in mid-June 2008, stretching from Iraq to India and spreading south past the Arabian Peninsula. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on June 18, 2008. This image shows part of the storm, including some of the thickest dust, concentrated over the Arabian Sea...
Keywords: What -- Aqua; Where -- Pakistan; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC); Where -- Iraq; Where -- Arabian Sea; Where -- Oman; Where -- Persian Gulf; Where -- Kuwait; Where -- Bahrain; Where -- Qatar; Where -- Saudi Arabia
Downloads: 15
[image]Heat Wave in Northern Europe: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
On the calendar, Scandinavian summer starts on June 21 in 2008, but summer temperatures had already settled over much of northern Europe by early June. This image shows land surface temperatures -- how hot the ground is to the touch, a measure that is different than the air temperatures reported in the news -- as observed by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite between June 2 and June 8, 2008...
Keywords: What -- Terra; What -- Earth; Where -- Norway; Where -- Sweden; Where -- Denmark; Where -- Germany; Where -- Poland
Downloads: 9
[image]Summer in Greenland: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Ranging in color from snow white to turquoise, sea ice lined the shoreline in eastern Greenland in mid-June 2000. NASA's Landsat 7 satellite acquired this image on June 16, 2000, shortly before the summer solstice when the Arctic enjoyed near round-the-clock sunshine. Although snow and ice abound in this image, both are in retreat for the summer. Snowcaps form dendritic patterns on the brown landscape, leaving south-facing slopes especially bare...
Keywords: What -- Landsat 7; What -- FAST; What -- Landsat; Where -- White Sea; Where -- Greenland; Where -- United States of America
Downloads: 17
[image]Vermilion Cliffs and Paria River, Arizona: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
The largest tributary of the Colorado River between Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon, the Paria River flows southeast from its headwaters in southernmost Utah to join the Colorado River between Page, Arizona, and Marble Canyon. The Paria River provides spectacular scenery, and is known for the very narrow ''slot'' canyons that it cuts through the layered rocks of the Colorado Plateau. These canyons formed over millions of years by water erosion slicing deep into the rock layers...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Colorado; Where -- Utah; Where -- Arizona; Where -- California; Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Downloads: 27
[image]Global Aerosol System 2000-2007: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Since 2000, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite has been measuring global patterns of aerosols -- tiny particles suspended in the air -- in order to help scientists understand the complicated influences that earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Library/Aerosols/ aerosols have on Earth's climate. The maps above show average global aerosol patterns based on data from 2000-2007 (top) and 2007 aerosols compared to the average (b...
Keywords: What -- Terra; Where -- China; Where -- Indonesia; Where -- Uruguay; Where -- Argentina; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Downloads: 40
[image]Launch of the Ocean Surface Topography Mission: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
When we hear the word topography, most of us think of mountains and valleys on dry land. But the surface of the ocean has topography, too, and the variation in the height of the sea surface from place to place reveals important information about weather, climate, and rising sea level. On June 20, 2008, NASA launched the www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ostm/main/index.html Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason 2 satellite, the latest in a series of U.S./French satellites to collect observation...
Keywords: What -- Jason 1; What -- TOPEX; What -- Earth; Where -- California; Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Downloads: 19
[image]Mississippi River Floods Gulfport, Illinois: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
A wall of water washed over the small riverside city of Gulfport, Illinois, when at least two levees on the flooded Mississippi River burst on June 18, 2008, reported CNN. Only treetops and a few roofs were visible above the surface of the blue-green water two days later on June 20, when the commercial satellite Ikonos captured this detailed photo-like image. U.S. Highway 34 remains above the water level in this section of the image, but the exit ramps into the city descend into the flood...
Keywords: Where -- Illinois; Where -- Mississippi; Where -- Iowa; Where -- Wisconsin; Where -- Missouri
Downloads: 31
[image]Forest Fires in California: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
In the last week of June 2008, California was the focal point of national fire activity. Over the first weekend of summer, record-breaking lightning activity in the state triggered hundreds of wildfires. Vegetation was dry due to months of drought, and some of the fires spread rapidly. As of June 26, the National Interagency Fire Center reported that 34 uncontained large forest fires were burning in the state, affecting nearly 190,000 acres...
Keywords: What -- Aqua; Where -- California; Where -- Sacramento
Downloads: 6
[image]Rainfall from Typhoon Fengshen: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Typhoon Fengshen proved to be deadly in the Philippines. Among the major disasters was the capsizing of a ferry with 800 people on board. According to a report from the Associated Press, only 57 survivors had been found as of June 23. The storm formed on June 19 in the Western Pacific and moved northwest across the Philippines over the next week, fluctuating between Category 1 and 2 intensity. This image shows rainfall totals associated with Typhoon Fengshen between June 16-25, 2008...
Keywords: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM); Where -- Philippines; Where -- China
Downloads: 7
[image]Urbanization of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
In western Africa, just south of the Sahara Desert, lies the landlocked nation of Burkina Faso. Despite the limited natural resources in this arid savannah, the nation experienced a 200 percent increase in urban population between 1975 and 2000. Much of that growth occurred in the capital city of Ouagadougou, where unplanned settlements sprang up along the city's perimeter. Between 1960 and 1993, Ouagadougou experienced a 14-fold increase in area...
Keywords: What -- Landsat 5; What -- Atlas; What -- Landsat; Where -- Burkina Faso; Where -- Ouagadougou; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Nairobi
Downloads: 16
[image]Santorini Volcano, Greece: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
One of the largest volcanic eruptions in the past 10,000 years occurred in approximately 1620 BC on the volcanic island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea. This astronaut photograph illustrates the center of Santorini Volcano, located approximately 118 kilometers to the north of Crete (not shown). Prior to 1620 BC, the island of Santorini, now known as Thera, was built up by layers of lava created by overlapping volcanoes.usgs.gov/Products/Pglossary/ShieldVolcano.html shield volcanoes, and it had ex...
Keywords: What -- TRACE; What -- Earth; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Aegean Sea; Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC); Where -- Greece
Downloads: 71
[image]Los Angeles at Night: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
When astronauts photograph /Features/CitiesAtNight/page1.php cities at night, the pattern of lights often hint at the influence of terrain on urban growth. Lights stop abruptly at unseen barriers that could be rivers, oceans, or mountain ridges. This image of the Los Angeles metropolitan area shows the topographic details that are often hidden in the darkness. In this image, an /IOTD/view.php?id=3352 astronaut photograph of the Los Angeles area is overlaid on a topographic image made from the Un...
Keywords: What -- Mercury; What -- Earth; Where -- Los Angeles; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC); Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Downloads: 40
[image]Cyclone Nargis: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
On May 1, 2008, Typhoon Nargis hovered over the Bay of Bengal, having become a very severe cyclonic storm. A report issued by the U.S. Navy https://metocph.nmci.navy.mil/jtwc.php Joint Typhoon Warning Center at 15:00 UTC (approximately 9:00 p.m. local time) stated that the storm had intensified significantly over the previous six hours and was expected to come ashore in Burma (Myanmar) in the evening of May 2...
Keywords: What -- Terra; Where -- Bay of Bengal; Where -- Myanmar; Where -- Bangladesh; Where -- United States of America
Downloads: 16
[image]Monsoon Spurs Indian Green-up: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Dark green blankets much of India in this vegetation image, indicating that plants were growing more densely than average between April 1 and April 10, 2008. The April harvest yielded a record corn and rice crop, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service. All plants, both natural and cultivated, were thriving in the wake of abundant monsoon rains. Only in northern India is the landscape brown, pointing to areas where plants were doing less well than average...
Keywords: What -- Earth; Where -- Pacific Ocean; Where -- Philippines; Where -- Indonesia; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Downloads: 16
[image]Volcanic Rocks, Southwestern Colorado: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Situated in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado are two features that tell a story of ancient volcanic activity some 20 to 30 million years ago: Creede Caldera and Wheeler Geologic Monument. The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ (ASTER) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured these features and their surroundings on November 3, 2007...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; What -- Crater; Where -- San Juan; Where -- Colorado; Where -- Denver
Downloads: 50
[image]Burren Plateau, County Clare, Ireland: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Adjoining Galway Bay to the north, the Burren Plateau ( is Gaelic for ''stony place'') is an example of terrain. Karst terrain is generally formed when sedimentary rocks are dissolved by groundwater. This astronaut photograph illustrates the northwestern-most portion of the Burren Plateau, which is characterized by the distinctive bare exposures of almost horizontal, layered Paleozoic-age limestone rocks that form Gleninagh Mountain...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC); Where -- Ireland
Downloads: 119
[image]Cyclone Nargis Floods Burma (Myanmar): Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
The first cyclone of the 2008 season in the northern Indian Ocean was a devastating one for Burma (Myanmar). According to reports from Accuweather.com, earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14810 Cyclone Nargis made landfall with sustained winds of 130 mph and gusts of 150-160 mph, which is the equivalent of a strong Category 3 or minimal Category 4 hurricane. News reports stated that at least 10,000 people were killed, and thousands more were missing as of May ...
Keywords: What -- Terra; Where -- Indian Ocean; Where -- Myanmar; Where -- Yangon
Downloads: 16
[image]Chile's Chaiten Volcano Erupts : Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Three days after its surprise eruption on May 2, the Chaiten volcano of southern Chile was still pumping out dense clouds of ash. The plume stretches east from the peak in this pair of images, taken on May 5, 2008, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite. The top image shows the region in photo-like true color. The ash-laden volcanic plume is slightly grayer in tone than the bright white clouds that are piled al...
Keywords: What -- Terra; What -- Visible Light; What -- FAST; What -- Earth; Where -- Chile; Where -- Argentina; Where -- Atlantic Ocean; Where -- Japan; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Downloads: 19
[image]Heavy Rain from Cyclone Nargis: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Many of the coastal areas around the Bay of Bengal are densely populated and prone to flooding, making it easy for natural hazards -- unusually heavy monsoon rains, tsunamis, or cyclones -- to become natural disasters. A disaster unfolded in Burma (Myanmar) in early May 2008, as Cyclone Nargis swept over the Irrawaddy River Delta, pummeling the area with high winds, storm surge, and heavy rains.This image shows rainfall accumulations along Cyclone Nargis' path between April 27 and May 4, 2008, b...
Keywords: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM); Where -- Bay of Bengal; Where -- Myanmar
Downloads: 30
[image]Flooding in Yangon, Burma (Myanmar): Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/8000/8729/rangoon_iko_2008128_lrg.jpg May 7, 2008 (4.4 MB JPEG) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/8000/8729/rangoon_iko_2007331_lrg.jpg November 27, 2007 (7.2 MB JPEG) Though Yangon (Rangoon) escaped the earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14826 total destruction that Cyclone Nargis brought to much of the rest of the Irrawaddy Delta in Burma (Myanmar), its southern suburbs were completely submerged on May ...
Keywords: Where -- Yangon; Where -- Myanmar; Where -- Singapore
Downloads: 64
[image]William Smith's Geological Map of England: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Before the late eighteenth century, residents of England didn't necessarily take much interest in the rocks under their feet. The arrival of the Industrial Revolution, however, drew the attention of the country's entrepreneurs downward. England's industrialists began plunging deep underground for coal -- the fossilized remains of ancient swamps -- and carving canals across the countryside to transport it efficiently...
Keywords: What -- GRASP
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[image]Chaiten Volcano: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
On May 2, 2008, Chile's Chaiten Volcano earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14815 erupted, sending plumes some 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) skyward, and blanketing some nearby areas in as much as 1.5 meters (5 feet) of volcanic ash. In the week that followed the initial eruption, local authorities established an evacuation zone with a radius of 50 kilometers (31 miles) around the volcano, warning holdouts that they would be evacuated by force, if necessary...
Keywords: What -- Landsat; What -- Crater; What -- Earth; Where -- Chile
Downloads: 27
[image]Lake Pontchartrain and the Bonnet Carre Spillway, Louisiana: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Lake Pontchartrain, immediately north of New Orleans, occupies the upper part of this astronaut photograph from April 29, 2008, with the winding course of the muddy Mississippi River snaking across the bottom of the view (flow is eastward, from left to right). The city of New Orleans is sandwiched between the lake and the river. Heavy rain in March and April 2008 in the Mississippi's catchment area raised water levels in the river enough that the Army Corps of Engineers had to take action to pre...
Keywords: What -- International Space Station (ISS); What -- Earth; Where -- Mississippi; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC); Where -- Louisiana
Downloads: 34
[image]Phytoplankton Bloom in North Sea off Scotland: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
The northern and western highlands of Scotland were still winter-brown and even dusted with snow in places, but the waters of the North Sea were blooming with earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Library/Phytoplankton/ phytoplankton on May 8, 2008, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite passed over the region and captured this image...
Keywords: What -- Aqua; What -- Earth; Where -- North Sea; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Downloads: 20
[image]Earthquake Near Chengdu, China: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
At 2:28 p.m. local time (06:28 UTC) on May 12, 2008, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 struck China's Sichuan Province. The quake was felt throughout much of China, as well as parts of Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Within 24 hours, the death toll stood at 12,000, and was expected to rise significantly as search-and-rescue efforts continued. This elevation map shows the region where the earthquake struck...
Keywords: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission; What -- SRTM; Where -- China; Where -- Taiwan; Where -- Thailand; Where -- Vietnam
Downloads: 24
[image]El Gezira, Sudan: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
South of Khartoum, Sudan, where the White and Blue Nile Rivers join, a dizzying arrangement of irrigated fields stretches out across the state of El Gezira. Given the semi-arid climate of earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14477 the surrounding area, this geometrical spectacle of fertile green fields depends on thousands of kilometers of canals and ditches that connect the region to the Blue Nile in the west...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; Where -- Khartoum; Where -- Sudan
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[image]Floodwaters in Burma: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
In early May 2008, earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14810 Cyclone Nargis caused widespread flooding in Burma (Myanmar). Besides trying to assist the storm survivors, the international community also tried to determine the extent of flooding, but making such a determination can be difficult. Clouds often obscure satellite observations, and muddy-brown floodwaters typically blend in with the surrounding landscape, especially fallow cropland...
Keywords: What -- Terra; What -- Aqua; Where -- Myanmar; Where -- Maryland
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[image]Fires Around Lake Baikal, Russia: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Strong winds fanned the flames of dozens of forest fires in southern Russia around Lake Baikal in the third week of May 2008. Russia's ITAR-TASS news service reported on May 13 that the area hit by forest fires in the Baikal region had increased 1.5 times on Monday, May 12. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry warned residents that winds were expected to pick up to 15-20 meters/second (34 to 45 miles per hour) in the middle of the week, spreading fires dangerously close to cities, including...
Keywords: What -- Aqua; Where -- Russia
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[image]Western Namibia: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
The Republic of Namibia, along southern Africa's Atlantic coast, can be divided into three general landscape categories. The westernmost part of the country is the earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=17050 Namib Desert, kept hyper-arid by the Atlantic's cold Benguela Current. Running north to south through the middle of the country is the Central Plateau, home to the country's arable land...
Keywords: What -- Landsat 7; What -- Landsat; Where -- Namibia
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[image]Moselle River Gorge, Germany: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
The Moselle ( in German) is the best known of the 13 German wine-growing regions. The beautiful scenery of this part of the Moselle makes it a popular tourist destination. The white Riesling grape produces some of the best wines in this cool region of northern Europe. Riesling vines represent almost 60% of the vineyards in the Middle Moselle Valley shown here. This detailed image (width covers a distance of 14.5 kilometers, or about 9 miles) shows the winding Moselle River flowing north (left to...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- The Valley; Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC); Where -- Germany
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[image]Sichuan Province's Rugged Terrain: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
In south-central China's Sichuan Province, the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau cascades steeply downward toward a deep, round basin. The ruggedness of the terrain and the heights of the mountains are testaments to the tremendous geologic forces shaping the land. On May 12, 2008, the population of Sichuan Province got a more tangible and tragic reminder: 10 kilometers beneath these mountains, the Earth's crust cracked and slipped, generating a 7.9-magnitude earthquake that killed tens of thou...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; What -- Sun; Where -- California; Where -- China
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